Since my bracket is beyond being an embarrassment, I find myself avoiding basketball, forced back toward a contemplation of actual, real-world stuff, and feeling … ever-so-slightly cornered … I must admit.
When my mind is unoccupied, it slips back toward the NH Legislature and the absolutely horrible things that collection of human beings is doing right now. Despicable doesn’t begin to describe it (although the likes of the Republican Liberty Caucus … calling themselves “The Conscience of the Republican Party” … are no-doubt watching and feeling that the Kingdom of God is finally at hand.)
BTW – I signed up to receive the e-mail updates from the NH Republican Liberty Caucus to keep an eye on their efforts to roll back the clock on things like women’s rights and human decency … all in the guise of “liberty.” And by “liberty” I mean the 4th-grade, made-up-history, Tea-Party version of that term.
So, while ruminating about the NH Legislature, I discovered a blog (Susan the Bruce) and a recent post of hers titled “Unmasked” that was music to my ears. She notes that, as the GOPers have finally gotten their hands on all the power and control they’ve sought … their masks of “civility” have been slipping off.
I’d be more inclined to say that those masks never really existed, but the Democrats were, in the past, able to mitigate the hatefulness-in-the-guise-of-fiscal-responsibility. I mean, Neal Kurk and Tom Keane have been wanting to slash the safety net since their pointy-yet-over-sized heads came trucking on down the birth canal, don’t you think?
But let’s not quibble over details when Susan the Bruce has come up with what I think is the best-ever description of the spectacle our NH legislature is presenting to the world … “As is always the case, an exploding pimple is never pretty.” The only descriptive detail I might add would be to offer the precise location of that pimple on the body politic …
Here’s a list (from NH Journal) of what kind of putrid spew this exploding pimple has been producing … disgusting, isn’t it?
|Number||Bill Description||Status||Vote Date|
|HB 337||Freezes school aid at current (2010) levels.||PASSED||3/17/2011|
|HB 540||Changes the motor vehicle inspection requirement from annual to biannual.||PASSED||3/17/2011|
|HB 156||Reduces the state tax on cigarettes by $0.10 per pack and lowers taxes on other tobacco products.||PASSED||3/17/2011|
|HB 218||Repeals the New Hampshire Rail Transit Authority||PASSED||3/17/2011|
|HB 442||Expands the legal usage of marijuana for medicinal purposes||PASSED||3/16/2011|
|SB 3||Reforms NH public employee retirement system, including increasing public workers’ contribution to their pension fund and raising the retirement age for certain public employees||PASSED||3/16/2011|
||Amends the state constitution to make all school funding decisions the direct prerogative of the legislature||PASSED||3/16/2011|
|HB 329||Requires parental notification of abortions performed on unemancipated minors||PASSED||3/16/2011|
|HB 330||Allows the concealed carrying of firearms without a permit||PASSED||3/16/2011|
|HB 429||Lowers the high school dropout age from 18 to 16 with parental consent required for those under 18||PASSED||3/15/2011|
|HB 524||Rolls back provisions in last session’s SB 500 that allowed for the automatic early release of violent criminals and sex offenders||PASSED||3/15/2011|
|HB 147||Expands the list of crimes punishable by the death penalty to include murders committed during premeditated home invasions|| PASSED
|HB 89||Requires New Hampshire to join the lawsuit against the new federal health care reform law|| PASSED
|HB 370||Overturns the provision in the recently-passed bullying legislation that requires teachers and school officials to address off-campus bullying, but adds a requirement that all known bullying instances be reported to parents|| PASSED
|HB 416||Allows children to decline vaccinations due to consciences objections not directly health-related or religious in nature||FAILED||3/15/2011|
|HB 176||Prohibits out of state students attending college in New Hampshire from voting||FAILED||3/15/2011|
|HB 513||Legalizes doctor assisted suicide||FAILED||3/15/2011|
So, where do we go from here?
Back to basketball, I guess … at least the women’s tournament gets underway today … a fresh start for yours truly – and hopefully a distraction from the terrible, unconscionable mess that is State (and Federal) politics.